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Uni4Talent Team Leader at the University of Sunderland, Duncan McDonald and Computer Science graduate Cameron Hunter

Graduate Cameron on a roll at textiles firm

Computer Science graduate Cameron Hunter is applying his software skills to help expand production at a leading North-East textiles specialist.

When Washington-based Griffith Textile Machines (GTM), an innovator of fabric forming machinery and creator of Axminster carpets for prestigious venues worldwide, was looking to develop new software systems, the company turned to the University of Sunderland’s bespoke recruitment service Uni4Talent.

The University service launched over a year ago and connects employers with emerging student and graduate talent, by providing a bespoke and effective support process.

Cameron graduated in 2017 with a First Class degree, the first in his family to go to University, and was placed with GTM through Uni4Talent as a software developer. 

Tony Campbell, Software Development Engineer at GTM, said the company turned to their local university as they wanted to recruit a “talented and educated developer”.

“Cameron is now a valued member of the software development team playing a key part in the production of new software systems,” said Tony.

“He is currently involved in the new loom control software project. This is a key project for the company and Cameron’s flare for user interface design is a great help. He is a great asset and we are grateful to Uni4Talent for sending him our way.”

Cameron, 24, from Country Durham, said: “I was brought in as a software developer in the R&D team and it’s been a great experience working for GTM.  Being on an R&D team is the perfect role as it allows for creative ideas, producing various software systems and products to show management and inspire new ideas for the teams and it helps greatly in bringing the manufacturing into the future where data capture and analysis, manageability and reliability are paramount.  

“I have recently been branching out to fully understand every team’s role in the company to get a picture of the possibilities in producing other systems that can assist in creating new workflows that reduce time wastage, and improve employee satisfaction.” 

Cameron added: “Achieving my ideal job through Uni4Talent would not have been possible without all of the practical work experience I was able to access during my time at university and helped me understand how valuable my skills are to an employer in the IT and software industry.”

Cameron secured an internship, first with the University’s Computing Department on a ‘Big Data’ Project in his second year, then with KP Snacks in County Durham in his final year, working on an app development project. In 2018, having gained extensive work experience he landed a graduate level job as a PHP developer with Inspired Agency.

He said: “The Uni4Talent team understand what you want, what your capabilities are and what your end goal is. They will do everything to show you relevant roles with their clients that suit your needs, set up the interviews, help you all the way through to the interview, it’s as simple as that, and is a must for any student that wants a step up on everyone else.”

Uni4Talent is the University’s recruitment agency and provides everything from temporary projects, part time roles, permanent positions and internships, as well as customised graduate development programmes. Businesses looking to recruit in a cost-effective way are supported through the entire process.

Duncan McDonald, said: “It’s great to see Cameron go on to achieve a fantastic graduate position with a local business. We have worked with Cameron throughout the course of his degree at Sunderland and so it’s encouraging to see that Uni4Talent is helping to keep emerging IT talent in the region”. 

“Finding the right fit candidate for a business takes time and energy. Uni4Talent can provide access to thousands of registered candidates, from our own students and graduates through to professionals with years of industry experience”.

Uni4Talent provides a range of professional services, such as detailed candidate searches, targeted email campaigns, first-stage interviews, flexible employment and account management.

For more information about Uni4Talent click here.